Quilt Artist and TQS Friend, Melinda Bula, lost everything in the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA. Here she tells her story of what happened when her family only had 15 minutes to evacuate and how a miracle occurred. She also shares a joyful little blessing. Click on Read More to read her story.
To learn more about Melinda and her stunning work, watch Show 501: Fabulous Fusible Flowers.
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Want to help quilters affected by the fire? Quilt Artist Cindy Needham's family was also devastatingly affected and one of her friends is working on setting up a "buddy" system for quilters. Read Renee's letter below:

Hello Fellow quilters

My name is Renee Sullaway and I live in Sacramento, CA. I am writing this note to explore the possibilities of pairing up quilters for the purposes of both support and helping replenish lost studios in the Paradise and Magalia area.

The idea occurred to me as i was considering items to gather up to deliver to Cindy - I wanted to be efficient knowing that her studio is bursting at the seams and also knowing quilters rebuilding studios may currently lack storage for new supplies.

Would anyone out there be interested in being a buddy to accumulate tools, or other needed items for those rebuilding?
Similarly, would anyone rebuilding be interested in this suggestion?

If you are interested, please email me at mettaquilter@gmail.com . Also, if you know other quilters not connected to Cindy, if you would kindly forward to your friends.

My only request is that you send all correspondence to me, as my intention is not to add to Cindy's load right now.

If there is a very large response, I may set up a survey monkey to refine matches.

I will set up an email group and add each of your addresses to the list.

If you do not hear back from me within 48 hours, please feel free to send a second email.

I will keep everyone up to date and communicate the results to Cindy.

I welcome any and all feedback with this process.

May you all be safe, secure, warm and happy

With an open heart



#4 Terry Sheldon 2018-11-27 09:41
I donated my older Pfaff machine; a kind lady from my quilt guild in Mountain Stars Quilt Guild in Rogue River, Oregon, is taking an SUV to pass on to Cindy Needham’s group.
#3 Carol Cook 2018-11-25 13:22
What a great idea! I belong to a small group of seven quilters who meet in Sisters OR every year for the show. When one of our group list everything in the fire we banded together to outfit her again. A loan of a Featherweight and donated tools and fabric was easy to put together. We used a cloth grocery bag filled 2/3 full with fabric picked out for a quilt, room on top for a shoebox of thread and a zippered tool bag. A small cutting mat fit in beside the fabric along with a small (6x12) ruler. Think small! My friend has a room in a friend’s house and not much space, but she is outfitted to begin sewing again.
#2 Cecile Brown 2018-11-24 14:44
My daughter has some kind of magic washing stuff that removes smoke smell from fabric. We tried to offer it to David Taylor, but his email account was a mess and we did not get through to him. If interested for any of your stuff, or if you know of someone who needs it, let me know at .
#1 Karen johnson 2018-11-23 16:33
New quilter out of Prescott, Az. Community Chair for Thumb Butte Quilters' Guild, Prescott, AZ. Very interested in your project and possibly being coordinator for my Huild. Waiting to hear more from you. Prayers to Paradise and all affected by these crippling fires.
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